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Chapter 9 - Chapter 9 A Continuum of Sexual Orientations...

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Chapter 9 A Continuum of Sexual Orientations Sexual orientation: sexual attraction to one’s own sex (homosexual), to the other sex (heterosexual), or to both sexes (bisexual), or lack of sexual interest in either sex (asexual). Bisexuality: sexual attraction to both men and women. Asexuality: a lack of sexual attraction to either sex. Sexual fluidity: variability in same-sex and other-sex attraction and involvement at different times and in different situations throughout the life span. Gay: a homosexual person, typically a homosexual male. What Determines Sexual Orientation? Psychosocial Theories o The “By Default” Myth: homosexuality is a default choice for people who have not had satisfactory heterosexual experiences and relationships o The Seduction Myth: become homosexual because they have been seduced by older homosexual people or because they have “caught” it from someone else— particularly a well-liked and respected teacher who is homosexual. o Freud’s Theory: one’s relationship with one’s father and mother was crucial In “normal” development, we all pass through a “homoerotic” phase Boys could become fixated at this phase if they had a poor relationship with their father and an overly close relationship with their mother
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